Moving your senior parent to a senior care facility is a big undertaking. It often takes time for parents to adjust to the idea of moving, but putting a positive spin on the situation can make it less stressful for everyone. Start with these tips for moving to help and support your senior parent through the process.
Parents may become resistant to the idea of moving if the news is abrupt. If possible, discuss the scenario of possibly moving to a senior home long before it actually happens. If the move is in the near future, you’ll want to broach the topic in a way that’s respectful and understanding.
Having too much stuff can make a move more complicated and labor-intensive. Encourage your senior parent to pare down their belongings, only keeping the essentials. Downsizing tips include tackling one room at a time, selling or donating unsentimental items, and using the new residence as a guide.
Enlist the help of friends and family to help organize, pack and move. Senior moving services are available in many areas and are beneficial for families who need assistance moving larger items like furniture.
Parents moving to senior living facilities typically have the opportunity to tour the community prior to their move. Take advantage of this perk by bringing your parent for a visit. Seeing the vast amount of programs, activities and amenities may get your loved one excited about the move.
Set a Date
If you wait until your parent is completely ready before making the big move, you may be waiting awhile. Instead, set a firm move date well in advance to give your parent plenty of time to mentally prepare.
Many parents thrive on their routines. Seniors moving into a new residence should continue these routines to make their new house feel like home. Transfer your parent’s newspaper subscription to the new address and continue routines like calling at noon each day.
Even after the move, provide your parent with ongoing support. After the folks from the senior moving services are gone and your loved one is settled, check in with them frequently and encourage them to explore their new home, neighbors and community.
As our parents grow older, the caregiver roles are often reversed. It now becomes our responsibility to determine whether or not our loved ones will benefit from a move. Fortunately, these helpful tips for moving and downsizing tips can help ensure a smooth move for your senior parent.
For additional help, check out our resources section for floor plans, ebooks, as well as information about the moving services we offer.